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Melanoma of the foot

I am a 41yr old woman(with a past history of a stage 1 melanoma of the lower leg excised with clean margins 12/2002.) who has been told after biopsy and pathology that I have a melanoma on the sole which is in the epidermal junction and a small amount has gone .75 mm. to the dermis.  I have been told this is a clark stage 3 or 4, a breslow of .75mm., and the dermatologist still said it is Stage 1.  Is that correct?  I will have to have surgery in the hospital to remove it.  What type of margins do they normally use for a melanoma of this type?  Will most methods of surgery result in me using crutches for a few months? I really respect your advice, and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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The staging level depends on various factors including an assessment of whether the melanoma is localized to the original site.  If it hasn't spread to lymph nodes, that would be Stage 1.  No doubt surgery will leave you on crutches for a while, but you will need to get detailed information about that from the surgeon.  Melanomas of that thickness are generally removed with 1 centimeter margins.  Whether that is modified when the sole is involved is again a question you need to discuss with your surgeon.

Good luck.

Dr. Rockoff
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